Fred "B. Bud" Wilkerson Jr.

Oct 20th, 1925 - Aug 10th, 2017
  • Birth Date: Oct 20, 1925
  • Death Date: Aug 10, 2017
  • Funeral Date: Aug 14, 2017
  • Funeral Location: First United Methodist Church of De Queen
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Fred “B. Bud” Wilkerson, Jr., age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, August 10, 2017 in De Queen.
B. Bud was born October 20, 1925 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of De Queen and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He attended the University of Arkansas and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
He graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1945 and went on to own and operate Wilkerson Funeral Home with his family. He was the 1997 recipient of the Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year award and “retired” in 1998. Although retired he still worked and served the community until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred, Sr. and Evelyn Leard Wilkerson; his wife, Martha Sue Proctor Wilkerson; one son, Marc Wilkerson; a granddaughter, Kelly Wilkerson; and a sister, Jacqueline Lyons.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Trey and Cindy Wilkerson and Scott and Marian Wilkerson; five grandchildren and their spouses, Katy and Larry Brewer, Sarah and Doug Casteel, Beth and J Hargrove, Rusty and Terri Wilkerson, and Chip and Shannon Wilkerson; 8 great grandchildren, Reagan Wilkerson, Jacie Wilkerson, Sydney Casteel, Garrett Parker, Samantha Wilkerson, Hannah Wilkerson, Tate Wilkerson and Carsyn Hargrove; one niece and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church with Bro. Mark Cloninger and Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 13th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of De Queen. P.O. Box 488 De Queen, AR 71832
or The Mary and Martha Center, P.O. Box 473, De Queen, AR 71832

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Marlene Bevill
Oct 28th, 2017 9:13 pm
Please accept my sincere sympathy. You are in my prayers and thoughts during this most difficult time. May God wrap His Loving Arms around you and provide a peace and comfort that only He can is my prayer. May your tears turn into smiles as you remember the good times. Just know I care and am thinking of and praying for you.
Rhonda Brown Wilson
Aug 23rd, 2017 4:18 pm
May God be with you during this time of loss. Our parents, George and Irene Brown, thought so highly of him.
Sherry Bianchi-Knod
Aug 22nd, 2017 11:52 pm
Trey, Scottie, and family,
So very sad to see that your dad had passed. He was such a sweet and lovely man, and he loved Martha and you boys so much. I loved the way his whole face would crinkle with his iconic laugh! Bless you all and peace be with you.
Ann Ramsey Cicero
Aug 16th, 2017 2:34 am
Trey & family,

You have my deepest symphony and prayers. You know how much we loved B. Bud & family. God has gained a very humorous, exceptional angel. RIP.

Ann Cicero
Jim and Shirley Pearce
Aug 14th, 2017 10:18 pm
B Bud was one of the sweetest and most fun loving guys I've ever known. He always had a smile and a hug for all the gals. Going to miss his smiling face. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Mr. and Mrs. Chares M. Mozingo
Aug 14th, 2017 8:30 pm
Trey and Scottie, we are so sorry for your lost Kelly and Terri loved B Bud so much! I never really new him that well. The love that they had for him... Truly says alot for him! Thinking and praying for all of you. Chuck and Terri Mozingo.
Jeff Baker
Aug 14th, 2017 7:44 pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. This was sad news to hear. I have many warm memories of B Bud. He will be missed by many in the community that he served.
Roy and Robbie Rogers
Aug 14th, 2017 5:20 pm
So sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly, a very wonderful man.
Mike and Rebecca WIlcox
Aug 14th, 2017 12:29 pm
Our thoughts and prayers for Trey & Cindy and all the family who will miss this sweet man so much. You always put a smile on our face when we got to see you. Heaven has gained another Angel and we will see you again one day.
Oliver and Leoda Matthews
Aug 14th, 2017 9:34 am
Great Man! Everyone will sure miss him!
Judy Walker-Wilson
Aug 14th, 2017 1:28 am
To the Wilkerson Family:
The news of B. Bud's passing is saddening. Words cannot express how special he was to me and my family. He was a wonderful man in many ways, and I find it very refreshing that his legacy and compassion was passed on to his children and grandchildren. God comfort you all during this time and in the days to come.
Jo Cox
Aug 13th, 2017 9:39 pm
Family, I was so sad to hear of your dad's passing. He was the epitome of a southern gentleman. My family always felt as if he understood how we felt in our loss of our loved ones. God shared him with us and for that we are thankful.
Jr., La Quita Jo, and Hercel
Christina Proctor
Aug 13th, 2017 8:05 pm
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at the loss of Mr. B.Bud, he was truly a joy to be around. Elmer and I thought a lot of him and his kindness and compassion will surely be missed by all. Our thoughts are with you all during this time.
Alice Sikes
Aug 13th, 2017 5:53 pm
Please know I am thinking of you all as you go through this very sad time. He was a great guy and will be missed by many.

Dana Tracy Hall
Aug 13th, 2017 4:09 pm
May God give you comfort during your time of sadness. B Bud was a gentle and kind man who loved serving the community. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
The Jim Culp Family
Aug 13th, 2017 4:00 pm
Our deepest and most sincere condolences to B Bud's and the whole community. He had a smile that was so reassuring that even in the time of our dad's death, we knew everything would be all right.
Dianne Skidmore Barfield
Aug 13th, 2017 2:28 pm
4 generations of my family(Godwin & Skidmore) are buried at Mt Ida Cemetery and all have been interred by Wilkerson Funeral Home. I remember Mr. Wilkerson being at most of them.
Such a kind, gentle soul. The area has lost an iconic figure who
helped families during their saddest times. I know his family will continue his tradition of trust and humility to all.
Patsy Lawless
Aug 13th, 2017 1:07 pm
So sorry to hear about Mr. Wilkerson. He was such a nice, friendly man. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family at this time.
Patti Reed Williams
Aug 13th, 2017 12:51 pm
Our hearts go out to the Wilkerson family. Mr. B Bud was a true family friend and always kind to all. We will never forgot his wonderful smile. Prayers for you all. He is already missed greatly. Much love from Patti, Catelyn and Adam
Sandy DePriest
Aug 13th, 2017 10:26 am
Our thoughts are with each of you. He was such an amazing man. I cannot think of a time when he didn't bring a smile to my face. His service to this community will never be forgotten and all those who knew him will remember him with fondness. Prayers that God's comfort and presence will cover your special family now and always. Love to all of you.
Kim Bartlett Huckaby
Aug 13th, 2017 9:39 am
I will dearly miss seeing Mr. B Bud around town. I always got a hug and a smile. Some of my most treasured memories are of living near Mr. Fred and Nano, B Bud and Martha Sue, and the boys. Long summer days playing in each others yards. What a wonderful time we had. My thoughts and prayers will always be with The Wilkerson Family. They are all precious and very dear to me and my sister, Leslie. Blessings.
randy sharpe
Aug 13th, 2017 7:41 am
We, the staff of Arkansas Central Mortuary send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We have long enjoyed the working relationship with you and your staff. Your dad's legacy is in good hands. God bless.
David Williams
Aug 12th, 2017 6:26 pm
So grateful for B. Bud's gracious life, friendship, family and faith. Indeed, his precious family is in our prayers for peace and comfort. He was so good and kind to us when we served as pastor. Indeed, he served the community so well - with dignity and compassion. Peace be with you.
David Williamson & Vickie
Aug 12th, 2017 3:35 pm
We regret your loss. Its a great loss for Sevier County. I have memories of B. Bud and his cabin. He was a GOOD MAN.
David & Vickie Williamson, Hot Springs Arkansas
Gary Schrader
Aug 12th, 2017 2:50 pm
B Bud was truly a fine man. Trey, Scott, and the entire Wilkerson family; please accept my deepest regrets for your loss. He will be remembered.
Jimmie & RaJohnia Tollett
Aug 12th, 2017 2:12 pm
With deepest sympathy,
Jimmie & RaJohnia Tollett
Marianne Leeper
Aug 12th, 2017 1:15 pm
B. Bud was a wonderful friend to my father. They were buddies through thick and thin times. Dad would always tease B. Bud after church as B.Bud would be the first to greet members at the bottom of the stairs. Dad said B. Bud was trying to "drum up business"! B.Bud will be sorely missed. He was a lover of life which included God, family, golf, and friends. What an extraordinary man he was.
Randy and Nancy Gore
Aug 12th, 2017 12:21 pm
Thinking of the family at this time with much love and kindness. B. Bud was one of a kind !
Brant Beane
Aug 12th, 2017 12:00 pm
My condolences to the family of Mr. Wilkerson. My family had been with them for generations. I found him to be a very fine, kind, & caring man.
kay duggan
Aug 12th, 2017 11:58 am
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He has always been a special person to me. He made me rise and stand when my whole world seeming went down in 1989. I have told Him many times He was the reason I got up and started my life and Flower Shop over after Monty's death and my Flower Shop burning. RIP my friend.
Jessie Mason
Aug 12th, 2017 10:36 am
My father, Leonard M. Davis ask Bud to speak to me many years ago about the importance of planning ahead. He was kind & had me laughing! He will leave a void indeed. My condolences to his family.
Floyd Morris, Jr
Aug 12th, 2017 10:06 am
Very Special man, always helpful to the community. Prayers for the family. Everyone loved Mr. B Bud Wilkerson
Bob Trammell
Aug 12th, 2017 9:32 am
Quick with a laugh. Always there at the back door with any need or the crisis that could hit a family. I loved his family that he served as leader; he provided thoughtful advice after thought.
Ruth Cleghorn
Aug 12th, 2017 9:23 am
Trey, Our hearts are heavy this morning to hear of your precious dad's passing. He meant so much to our family; always loving, caring, compassionate, as though each member was family to him. He will truly be missed by a multitude of people who loved and respected him. Sending prayers of comfort and much love to the family.
Lou and Gary Banhart
Aug 12th, 2017 9:13 am
Cannot say enough good things about B Bud from being such a kind and generous man to being quite a character! He will be missed always.
John and Evelyn Helms
Aug 12th, 2017 8:34 am
B Bud had an unique way of making everyone feel individually special. His smile was always a welcomed comfort whenever we would come in for a service. Yes, he will definitely be missed, but we know he's in heaven ready to greet us once again.
Jerry & Sarah Williamson
Aug 12th, 2017 8:33 am
So sorry for you loss, prayers coming your way. Truly a man of service and another of men of great generation that helped in fight for our great nations freedom.
Charles and June Markwalter
Aug 12th, 2017 8:22 am
Our condolences. Mr. B. Bud was an icon in and around DeQueen. He was always the gentleman. He will be missed.
Marilyn Culp
Aug 12th, 2017 8:05 am
Sorry for your loss. I will miss his smiling face. Always had something good to say. He was a great influence in the community. To all the family, maybe you have peace about his passing.
Pam Click
Aug 12th, 2017 7:46 am
An icon has left us. The Wilkerson family does its job so very well and because of "B" Bud they will continue to do so, Bless them during this difficult time .
Heather McKinney
Aug 12th, 2017 4:52 am
I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget the kindness that he showed to my grandmother when my grandfather passed away. He knew just the right words to say to comfort her and allay her anxieties.
Brenda Farrow
Aug 12th, 2017 12:32 am
He was always a thoughtful and compassionate gentleman. My condolences to all.
Tina Braden
Aug 12th, 2017 12:04 am
I'm so sorry for your loss. The entire Wilkerson family has always been dear to my family's hearts. You all have taken care of us for years. B. Bud was such a special, precious, amd loving man. May he rest in oeace. Love and praying for you all.
Sandra Renfrow
Aug 11th, 2017 11:07 pm
Oh, B. Bud, you will be sorely missed. I knew your father and drove him in his car to the monument business when I was about seven years old. So our familial relationships go back many years I had many laughs with you B. Bud and loved to tease you. I have never known anyone to be such a gracious, caring, and kind individual as you, plus that sense of humor. Someone once said, if you look for the word gentleman in the dictionary, you will see B. Bud's picture. Your entire family was/is like family to me and very special. Rest in peace, dear friend, and watch over all of us. My sincere condolences to all the family.
Marsha Moffett
Aug 11th, 2017 10:50 pm
My condolences to the family & especially Trey! He provided such a comforting presence for so many families through the years! What a legacy of love & respect he has left. Praying for comfort & peace in the days ahead!
Jessie & peggy Vaughn
Aug 11th, 2017 10:30 pm
we are so sorry for your loss
Melinda Coulter Taggart
Aug 11th, 2017 10:26 pm
Sevier County lost a dear, good man. RIP B Bud - tell Ida Margaret hi for me. You were like family. Prayers for your family.
Marcia Buford
Aug 11th, 2017 10:25 pm
B Bud was such a friend to our family. He and my father had a special relationship. From golf to church they were a duo! He will be remembered for his gracious, thoughtful, and tender words in a time of need. A special man -an exemplary man.
Casey Correll Wray Sarkin
Aug 11th, 2017 10:25 pm
So sad to hear of B Bud's death. He was a kind and gentle man. The end of an era for DeQueen. All my love to the Wilkerson family.
Sandra Hutchison
Aug 11th, 2017 10:11 pm
Our sincere condolences for your loss!
THomas Hutchison & family
Sharon and Spencer Logan
Aug 11th, 2017 10:11 pm
I can't begin to tell you how are hearts are breaking!!! He was such a a sweet man and loved by so many!! I also loved my hugs from him!! He and my uncle Lawrence are probably meeting in heaven and if by chance God would allow it they are playing cards!!! All you can say is he was a sweettheart!!!Rest in peace B Bud!!!!
Kay Smart
Aug 11th, 2017 10:00 pm
He always had a smile and a hug for me. He was a true gentleman and will be missed. Prayers for comfort and peace.
Homer & Angie Frachiseur
Aug 11th, 2017 9:22 pm
Homer and I are truly sorry to hear this. He was always so nice to our family.
Please accept our condolences.
David B. Wilson
Aug 11th, 2017 9:21 pm
He was a dear friend...a good story teller...a excellent funeral director. Thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.
Jo Ann Holcombe
Aug 11th, 2017 9:18 pm
I am so so sorry. I will so miss seeing him every Sunday. He was a wonderful man.
Brenda and David Cranford
Aug 11th, 2017 9:12 pm
May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you in this very hard time. He will not leave your side.
Paul A Downs, III
Aug 11th, 2017 9:03 pm
A true gem, a true professional, so kind, caring and a family friend that will forever be with all of us.
Rosie Dowdle
Aug 11th, 2017 8:43 pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a very special man, always with a smile on his face. Prayers for you all. May God wrap His arms sround you all, and give you peace and comfort. Love y'all
Because of car trouble I cannot make it. To all family,friends and church members he was a wonderful person . God be with his family and everyone else .He will be missed
Aug 11th, 2017 8:42 pm
God's peace and strength to all his family, friends,and Church family. I shared a back pew with Bud
Melinda and Doug Suttle
Aug 11th, 2017 8:20 pm
We are so sad to learn of B Bud's passing. He was always so kind and sweet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Johnnie & Joyce (Cole) Gentry
Aug 11th, 2017 8:07 pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I really thought so much of B Bud. He was a special person. RIP B Bud
Sandra Sloan
Aug 11th, 2017 8:04 pm
I loved Mr. Wilkerson. I loved to help him with his shopping at Wal-Mart. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying God's comfort for all of you.
Rosie Deere
Aug 11th, 2017 8:00 pm
So sorry to hear this news. Not just a loss for our community, but for the surrounding area. He will certainly be missed. Condolences to the family.
Phyllis price
Aug 11th, 2017 7:34 pm
I am so sorry to hear this.. he was such a nice man. Deep sympathy to all of the family.
Kaye Ramsey
Aug 11th, 2017 7:12 pm
Thankful to have had the pleasure of knowing B.Bud for most of my life. He was a good friend. Our entire community will miss him so much. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Wilkerson family.
Sandy Huntsberger
Aug 11th, 2017 6:58 pm
B.Bud was one of the few people left in De Queen that I have had such fond memories of since I was a little girl running around with my grandpa Frank. He sure was a special person and I just loved his smile and positive attitude. Always a joy to be around. He will sure be missed by many in this community that he served so lovingly. Love and prayers for peace and comfort to all he left behind.
Patrick and Johnye Fisher
Aug 11th, 2017 6:41 pm
We are so so sorry to hear about B. Bud. Our thoughts abd prayers are with you. Always a smiling face and a kind word. He will truly be missed. May God comfort you abd give you strength.
Tom & Carol Petet
Aug 11th, 2017 6:39 pm
We loved that man a bunch.
Jacquelyn Parker
Aug 11th, 2017 5:59 pm
RIP my dear friend, this man and his family has been a Rock for Dequeen such kind heart and much compassion for his mankind truly an icon God bless this family during this difficult time and days to come .You will be miss by many B Bud Wilkerson
Jim and Becky Deitz
Aug 11th, 2017 5:48 pm
Our thoughts and prayers to the family. It was a pleasure calling on him for those many years. So sad to lose such a great person and friend.
Eddie Lou (Gray) Watson
Aug 11th, 2017 5:35 pm
Such a sweet man and always so nice to welcome people as they came in to the funeral home. Just a kind and gentle man.
Gabrielle R. Thrailkill
Aug 11th, 2017 4:42 pm
My love and prayers to the family. Me. Bud was a special man & he will be greatly missed!
Randi Ballard
Aug 11th, 2017 4:35 pm
To Trey and Cindy, Scott and Marian, Sarah and Doug, the grandchildren, and family----on behalf of all of us here at Selected Funeral and Life Insurance, let me say we are so sad to hear the news of your losing B. Bud. Please know that we are thinking about you all and sending our deep sympathy. We think of his delightful smile coming in our offices for Board meetings all those many years; he always had cheerful greetings for us. His picture is on the wall in the Board room today, and we remember B. Bud and appreciate him and his work of service. Randi Ballard
Jim Smith
Aug 11th, 2017 4:20 pm
One of De Queens true icons. Rest In Peace.
Cynthia Long
Aug 11th, 2017 4:20 pm
So sorry for your loss and a BIG loss to the community
Donna Jarrell Jones
Aug 11th, 2017 4:08 pm
Such a dear sweet man, who has cared for so many folks in our community with compassion and a tender heart. So thankful to know all the Wilkerson family. Will be thinking of you all during this time.

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